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My Favorite Apocalyptic Movies

  • Jan 28, 2010
Trashie's  list of apocalyptic flix included killer computers, aliens, zombies, natural disaters, disease, nuclear war, and just about everything else you could think of. But he left out a couple of my favorites--unspeakable eldritch gods, jealous archangels, and wacko religious cults. So here's my list which does include many of his choices.
Dawn of the Dead poster
Nobody does it better than Romero. He took the pesonal horror of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and still kept it personal while setting it on a larger stage. Horror the way it should be done.
End of the Line (movie)
Low Budget wonder about religious extremists--there's something you don't hear about every day.
See the full review, "IS IT REALLY THE END OF THE LINE?".
Collector's Edition DVD
One of the 3 best remakes ever done. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got 'til it's gone? Mankind loses it's humanity in the blink of an eye. Or should I say 40 winks?
The Last Man On Earth
As good as Will Smith was in I AM LEGEND, you owe it to yourself to see this film which is the closest adaptation of Richard Matheson's novella.
See the full review, "IT MAY BE OLD BUT ITS STILL GOT BITE".
The Prophecy
Once a war raged in heaven between the angels. Now there will be a second. Stay away from LEGION and see this instead. Christopher Walken stars as ArchAngel Gabriel, and Viggo Mortenson has a cameo as Satan that will chill you to the bone.
Poster for the film.
One of the three best fictional films on nuclear war. It starts with a phone call. Is it real or just an elaborate practical joke?
See the full review, "Is it the End of the World or Just a Sick Joke?".
DVD cover for the movie.
For my money the most realistic and chilling film about nuclear war AND it's aftermath.
Planet of the Apes
Get Your hands off me you damned filthy ape!
It's science fiction, but with more gore than most horror movies. And it's a little complicated too. An upper class of people in a post apocalyptic society spend their lives plugged into a computer where they sleep and dream their deepest fantasies. One young woman decides she wants to see what life is like on the outside, but except for Bruce Campbell, it ain't pretty.
Cast a Deadly Spell
Set in Hollywood of the 40 where "movie magic" is really magic, this is the story of Phil Lovecraft a hardboiled detective who finds himself up against some heavy duty evil that's trying to bring Yog Soggoth into our world. The perfect casting of Fred Ward as Phil Lovecraft makes this bit of comic horror noir a dream come true for me.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Made by George Romero's partners after they split up, this horror zomcom works on all kinds of levels. And the world doesn't stand a chance against what may have been the first running zombies.
DVD front
In The Mouth Of Madness
It's not Lovecraft but it certainly feels like it. John Carpenter directed this adaptation of Stephen King. Hated it the first time I saw it but now it's among my favorites.
See Trashie's review.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Trashie's down for the first in the series but I prefer the second because it has a little more depth and isn't all just run run, shoot shoot.

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February 15, 2010
My lists are never in order. That would be just too much of a challenge for me.
February 14, 2010
Not a bad list, though mine would put Day of the Dead somewhere near the top. :)
January 28, 2010
Great choices all, except for #8. I didn't even think you liked Burton's remake.
January 28, 2010
Damn! How did that happen again. I kept the one from Trashie's list and I didn't think he had the new one on his list.
January 28, 2010
There. Now that's fixed.
January 29, 2010
Yeah, he put that one on his list for some reason. Not sure why.
January 29, 2010
It must have been a mistake because the movie he describes is clearly the older one.
January 29, 2010
It's funny, but for some reason I thought that you disliked "The Matrix".
January 29, 2010
There was a time.
January 29, 2010
A time that you liked it or a time that you didn't?
January 29, 2010
Well since it's on my list now and you remarked that you thought there was a time when I didn't, what would your guess be? =)
January 29, 2010
I could make a bad joke, but I won't.
January 29, 2010
I have no doubt.
January 28, 2010
I am not sure if I've seen # 10 but it sounds awfully familiar...I am with you about # 13, it took me about two viewings to really like it. Nice list, Queenie!
January 28, 2010
CAST A DEADLY SPELL was actually a made for tv movie, but it was incredibly good and got a video release and a sequel starring Dennis Hopper that was nowhere near as good. I wish it would get a dvd release.
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